The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Michael B. Greenwald is a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His expertise is in the future of the U.S. dollar and digital currencies; illicit finance; sanctions; and affairs in the Gulf/Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
Greenwald previously worked in senior roles within the United States Treasury, working with Africa and Europe. He served as a financial diplomat in the Middle East, spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Geithner, Lew, and Mnuchin. Greenwald initially served as the United States Treasury Policy Advisor for Europe. In this role, he was appointed head of the United States Delegation to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Greenwald was part of the U.S. Treasury team that crafted U.S. sanctions against Russia, the largest U.S. sanctions program to date, and negotiated similar sanctions by Europe. Most recently, he served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait, and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar in August 2015.
He also served in a variety of roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S Treasury. Greenwald worked closely with the National Security Council at the White House tackling issues and crafting sanctions programs related to countering ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and North Korea.
Since leaving the United States Government in 2017, Greenwald serves as Director at Tiedemann Advisors, a multi-family office managing over $22 billion in assets, Director of Digital Asset Education, and Managing Director at Tiedemnann-Constantia, the firm’s European office. Using his diplomacy and fintech background in digital assets and blockchain technology, he is a trusted advisor for Tiedemann, managing senior relationships with families and family offices globally. Given his experience with sovereign wealth funds and the private sector in the region, he leads business development in the Middle East.
He is the Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, Fred Kempe, a Senior Fellow to the Atlantic Council Geoeconomic Center, and Co-Chair of the Atlantic Council Councilors Program. In 2018, Greenwald was appointed Deputy Executive Director of North America Trilateral Commission and currently works with the David Rockefeller Fellows.
Greenwald is a frequent speaker, writer, and CNBC commentator on international security, the Middle East, and the global economy. His niche focus is the future of the US dollar, digital currencies, and the weaponization of the US financial system.
Greenwald earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law, a Master of Arts from Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Washington University. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Greenwald resides in Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife.
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